Announcing Cat Palmer as 2024 Utah Queer Film Festival Programming Director

Utah Queer Film Festival is excited to announce local, queer luminary Cat Palmer as this year’s Festival’s Programming Director! Leading a team of 27 programmers, Cat will collaborate closely with Utah Film Center’s Director of Programming, Russell Roots, and Executive Director, Mariah Mellus, in curating dynamic and thought-provoking LGBTQIA+ cinema.

The 2024 Utah Queer Film Festival (formerly Damn These Heels) is scheduled to take place from October 25 to 27 at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City—with virtual screenings available October 27 through November 3. 

Marking its twenty-first year in Utah, Utah Queer Film Festival (UQFF) remains steadfast in offering a diverse film lineup that spans a spectrum of queer stories. With continued growth, the festival continues to curate a film lineup that offers fresh perspectives and pushes boundaries. Cat Palmer, a mixed media artist, writer, and accomplished photographer, offers the festival an excitement and energy that resonates through the film selection process. Having been an integral part of the festival’s programming team for over six years, Cat has extensive knowledge of programming for the festival. Her broad network within LGBTQIA+ communities is instrumental in delivering films that elevate the festival’s impact.

“This is my sixth year programming for the festival,” said Cat. “As Festival Programming Director, the biggest challenge is to work through the top-tier quality films we have and curate a lineup for the festival that offers diverse and engaging stories for everyone.”

Utah Queer Film Festival is dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ issues, ideas, and art through an array of dramatic and documentary films from around the world. For over two decades, the festival has been a vital platform for Utah’s queer community, providing access to films and events that celebrate, inspire, and highlight queer stories, history, and joy. Utah Queer Film Festival is powered by Utah Film Center. For more information, visit UtahQueerFilmFestival.org and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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